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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Feb 26, 2009 1:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead Era(s)????

pretty good Tell except of course my disagreement with it ending in 72. Also,one of the ONLY things that struck me about that Almanack book that came out was describing 69 as Baraouque ( sp? )Dead. Also, I was going to call 70-71 cowboy Dead but I like Amercian Dead better

72 - pitch perfect prescision Dead, at least the Europe tour which I consider their best ever. Cowboy American folk meets Jazz

73-74 mammoth jazz wall of sound Dead.
75 - Rebuilding year with a foot in both worlds
76 - tenuous Dead evolving into the tight funky disco sound
77 - tight power, just exactly perfect
78 - sloppy loose having fun. beginning of Jerry's voice going down hill
79 - 81 beginning of the synthesizer era. LAST good years for Jerry's voice
82-86 Heroin years, also the final cementing of the two set set in stone drums/space never deviate certain songs out of their place in each setlist
87 mega stardom stadium explosion that was well deserved considering the bands powerful focused playing
88 - hit or miss
89-91 - last hurrah of consistancy and focus
92-95 each year more downhill than the other

With the exception of 73-74,79-81, 82-86, 87-91, 92-95, it's kind of hard to have their eras span more than a year. Amazing how drastically they changed from year to year.


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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Feb 27, 2009 3:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead Era(s)????

"...it's kind of hard to have their eras span more than a year. Amazing how drastically they changed from year to year."


JOTS--couldn't agree more. It's remarkable to me how each separate Dead year--for the most part--has its own identity.

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Poster: clashcity Date: Feb 27, 2009 6:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Grateful Dead Era(s)????

What goes more to this point, I think, is the definitive difference between the end of 76 and then beginning with the Swing show in 77.

Completely 2 different bands. Of course the new material probably precipitated the change.